OHCHR praises reservations in Nepal

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Kathmandu, Oct 24 (UNI) The United Nations Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Nepal, has applauded the recent decision of the Himalayan nation's cabinet to institute quotas for recruiting women and members of marginalised groups to fill vacant posts in the Nepal Police(NP) and Armed Police Force(APF).

It was an important first step toward inclusiveness in recruitment, the OHCHR said in a statement.

It said the the reservation can serve as an example for all civil services of the steps they can take in order to make their recruitment process inclusive, Kantipur online reported.

''Making provisions to include historically marginalised groups in the police forces and other civil services will signal that the commitment to inclusion made by political leaders is indeed genuine,'' the statement quoted Richard Bennett, the Representative of OHCHR as saying.

''It will also address some current demands of these groups, thus strengthening the peace process as the country moves toward Constituent Assembly elections,'' he said.


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